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- Updates on Thursday 27 July 2017
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Northumbria Police have seized seven motorbikes in Gateshead as part of a crackdown on disorder.
It comes as residents have complain about teenagers riding motorcycles at anti-social times and on public land - keeping many people awake at night.
Neighbourhood policing teams have found particular issues in the Felling, Mount Pleasant, Leam Lane and Staneway areas of the town.
Many of the bikes seized are uninsured, untaxed or do not have a valid MOT.
Neighbourhood officers have been visiting local schools to educate children on the law of off-road motorcycles and the offences committed.
Kind-hearted fundraisers in Darlington have pulled together more than £2,000 for a 93-year-old war veteran and his wife who were robbed of their life savings.
Thieves broke into the couple's home in Parkside, Darlington, last month and escaped with cash and sentimental jewellery.
Stuart Allen, Richard Atkinson and Durham Police's special constabulary sargeant, Adam Hoskin,g decided to set up a crowdfunding page following the break-in.
The 93-year-old and his wife, aged 89, who wish to remain anonymous, thanked the generosity of those who set up and contributed to the page, saying:
Our thanks must also go to our family, friends, neighbours, carers and officers from the local police who did a great job in settling us down. Thank you to everyone who has given us valuable help and support."
Celtic FC Foundation is to donate £10,000 in memory of Bradley Lowery.
Before kick-off on Saturday, club officials will make the donation to the Bradley Lowery Foundation.
The six-year-old from Blackhall Colliery lost his battle to neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer - earlier this month.
His parents Carl and Gemma are now working to set up a charity to support families who need help to raising funds or equipment for treatments that are not available on the NHS.
Celtic FC Foundation chief executive Tony Hamilton said the club wanted to help:
The circumstances around this presentation are genuinely tragic and any parent's worst fear.
Through the fundraising efforts of many people associated with the club we are able to contribute in a small way, so that the next family affected by this terrible disease may have a different journey."
A woman has become the third generation of her family to study medicine at Newcastle University.
Louisa Murray graduated this summer following in the footsteps of her mother, Dr Jennifer Lund and late grandfather, Dr John Fraser Lund.
She was one of 310 students to graduate with a degree in medicine.
Louisa's mother qualified from the University in 1985, and said she is very proud of her daughter:
It's a fantastic thing - it's a very hard course and very hard work.
It makes it extra special that Louisa is the third generation of our family to train at Newcastle University Medical School."
Louisa, 23, from Harrogate, will now stay in Newcastle to work with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust.She said there was never any pressure to study medicine:
Studying medicine is something I'd wanted to do from quite early on.
I've always felt quite drawn to it as a career as it offers so many opportunities. There are lot of different options to travel and meet different people, so it seemed like a good fit for me."
Police are appealing for help to find a Peterlee man who has not been seen since yesterday evening.
Peter Hodgson, 41, was last seen by family members at his home late last night.
He is described as being of large build, 6ft 4in with a shaved head, slight facial hair and several tattoos
He was seen wearing an Eddie Stobbart bomber jacket and may be driving a metallic blue 53-plate Renault Clio
The chair of the Labour Party will tell activists in Cumbria that they can regain Carlisle and Copeland.
The party failed to win either seat at the last general election, with voters in most of the county's other constituencies swinging towards the Conservatives.
The MP for the North East constituency of Wansbeck, Ian Lavery, is set to tell the meeting at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle at 18:00 that his party is not far from forming the next government.
PD Port's new £6m ship-to-shore crane is now fully operational.
It's part of Teesport's growth plans, which have seen millions of pounds invested in state-of-the-art facilities, including a rail terminal.
PD Ports CEO Frans Calje said the crane will create a quicker service:
The addition of a fifth ship-to-shore crane will further enhance our service performance by reducing the time taken to transfer containers from port to road and rail for UK distribution."
A youngster in the crowd takes a brilliant catch from James Weighell's huge six off the final ball, as Yorkshire beat Durham by 24 runs in their T20 Blast match at Headingley.
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A park in Middlesbrough park has been forced to closed after it was damaged by vandals over the weekend.
The gates for the play area at the Manor Hub, Coulby Newham, have now been locked after what police said was "mindless vandalism".
I think it's absolutely disgusting because my grandchildren and children use it and a lot of our family meet up here."
Coulby Newham ward councillor David Branson is encouraging people to report incidents like this to the police:
I'm very disappointed, I think it's really sad when a small minority of people wreck it for everybody else.
They should look at themselves, they're being very selfish, they are stopping other people enjoying themselves, stopping young children having the opportunity to come and play."
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High court judges have been told today that there were "no reasonable grounds for believing Newcastle was engaged in suspected tax fraud".
Officials from the club are challenging HMRC over the seizure of documents in April as part of an investigation into income tax and national insurance fraud.
West Ham United's ground was also raided.
The investigation focuses on football agents and payments made in transfer dealings between English and French clubs.
Newcastle's MD Lee Charnley was among a number of senior European football officials arrested and released without charge.
Richard Lissack QC, for NUFC, told Lord Justice Beatson and Mrs Justice Whipple the warrants were also unnecessary because other methods were available for obtaining information.
A66 County Durham both ways severe disruption, between A1045 and A1130 Acklam Road.
A66 County Durham - A66 in Thornaby-on-Tees blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the A1045 junction and the A1130 Acklam Road junction, because of a police incident.
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It sounds like one County Durham teenager has been up to no good this morning...
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A man who was discovered with what police described as "life changing" injuries in a field in Northumberland has now died in hospital.
Darren Bonner, 24, was found in Cresswell on 10 July.
Two people were charged with attempted murder following an investigation by police.
A 33-year-old man and 29-year-old woman from South Shields are on remand until the next hearing.
Police searching for a missing woman have found a body.
Linda Keating, 65, was last seen at her home in Peterlee on 19 July.
The body was found in woodland near the town at 16:30 yesterday.
Her family have been informed but formal identification is yet to take place.
The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Newcastle United bosses are at the High Court today to challenge the seizure of documents by officials investigating suspected income tax and national insurance fraud.
The judicial review hearing follows an earlier High Court decision giving the club permission to challenge the search-and-seize order obtained by HM Revenue and Customs.
St James' Park and West Ham United's ground were raided in April.
In June, Mr Justice Supperstone said there must be a full court hearing of the issues after ruling it was "arguable" on several grounds the search warrant was obtained unlawfully.
The best of the brightness the further east you are today.
But it will be a largely cloudy day with some showers moving across from the west and they do have the potential to be quite heavy at times.
It'll be fairly breezy and temperatures will get up to a high of about 17C.
The government says it will ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 as part of its clean air strategy - but as they gradually disappear from our roads, how will we manage using electric vehicles on a day to day basis?
Rachael Crook has already embraced electric technology on her commute to work in Middlesbrough.
"It's the way ahead," she says.
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